You may have noticed already. The lawn is starting to look like tinder rather than lush grass. Your bushes and ornamental trees are starting to see the leaves curl up. Even the big deciduous trees are seeing some leaves turn yellow or red, and leaves are already starting to drop. Dare I say it…? Drought? Micro Drought? Although Northeast Ohio hasn’t had to deal with this phenomenon for quite some time, it’s applicable now.
Drought is not a word we like to hear, especially for farmers, but a micro drought seems to be gaining traction in Northeast Ohio. A micro-drought is a period of one to three months (June – August 2016) where abnormally dry conditions persist. A micro drought, by definition, has the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel built in it. That’s a good thing, but in the short term, a bad thing. This situation is developing because there was normal to below-normal precipitation during the early spring months. Unlike the record-setting June of 2015, where Northeast Ohio saw upwards of nine inches of rain, this June has been abnormally dry. The forecast for July and August doesn’t show any deviation from this. Check out the http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home.aspx A micro drought is definitely in store.
If the trend continues, and I don’t see why not, the dry conditions will be somewhat of a nuisance to local farmers and homeowners. Because the precipitation will be significantly below normal, outside water sources must be utilized to mitigate against any damages to crops, flowers, and trees. Also, I expect an early fall leaf drop, which will cause gutters and yards to fill up with leaves early. Late summer and early fall may be the right time to get the gutters cleaned or guarded. Call The Gutter Boys 440-454-7040 to get a free quote.